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Discovering Würzburg

One of the most intriguing suggestions I received on my recent visit to Würzburg was to see the Alte Mainbrücke (Old Main Bridge) and stroll across this pedestrian stone bridge with a glass of wine. I learned soon enough that this was sound advice. The bridge is a gathering place for friends and drinking wine from grapes grown in the surrounding hills is a fitting introduction to the capital of the Franconian wine region.

The Alte Mainbrücke was rebuilt between 1473-1543. It has commanding views of Marienberg Fortress and the vineyards that surround the city. On the bridge are twelve statues of saints and emperors which were added in the 18th century.

The Alte Mainbrücke connects the old town with the fishing quarter across the Main River. The tower of the Rathskeller and the steeples of Würzburger Dom figure prominently in the Alstadt (Old Town).

Sunset reflections on the Main River with Marienberg Fortress on the hill above the vineyards.

It’s fascinating to watch how the lock works.

The gothic Marienkapelle (Church of St. Mary) and the baroque Falkenhaus (where tourist information office and municipal library are located) anchor Market Square which hosts a lively Christmas market in December and a wine festival in late spring.

The redesigned nave of St. Augustine Church in Würzburg is a reminder that the church is a community of equals. There are no special seats, not even for the priest. Amen.

It’s worth looking up and discovering the beautiful frescoes at Neumünster (New Münster Church) in the Alstadt.

Falling for Fall in the gardens of the Residenz Palace.

How to get there:
There are frequent connections throughout the day between Frankfurt am Main Hbf and Würzburg Hbf. The average travel time is 1:06. Check Deutsche Bahn for schedules and prices. www.bahn.com.

Where to stay:
Würzburger Hof
Barbarossaplatz 2
I had a very memorable experience at Würzburger Hof. Because there was so much to see in Würzburg, I requested for an extra night’s stay at the hotel. And since the single rooms were fully booked, I was upgraded to a suite with a balcony that has a view of the vineyards in the distance. The hotel staff was helpful and gave me suggestions on places to see and how to get there. The hotel is conveniently located between the train station and the old town. It’s an easy walk to most attractions from the hotel. There’s also a tram stop in front of the hotel.



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Images by TravelswithCharie2019

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